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Coralie Fargeat's Revenge is more than a slick, stylish (but not too stylish) rape-revenge action thriller; it's much more clever than that. Clever and angry, with a keen understanding of the non-consensual nightmare its protagonist, Jen, finds herself in. Also classified as a horror film, it soundly refuses to define what kind of horror film it is. Beyond the horrific nature of the violence done to her by a trio of poachers (think of the type of predation that entails) - including her married boyfriend - it's either a slasher film where these three monsters try to kill her, or it's a monster film where she returns as a an avenging spirit to visit their sins upon them. It's both and neither, switching between the two and never letting you crack its formula. Jen's resurrection is never defined as supernatural either, but Fargeat plays with horror tropes to evoke supernatural undeath, whether it's the wooden stake (which later acts as a "woody" that suggests the more voyeuristic of the three villains' hard-on), or the ant motif, or really, though it takes place in the Moroccan desert, a sort of Manitou avenger borrowed from Native American legend. Of course the level of gore also better fits the genre, as Jen savagely eliminates the trio in circumstances that evoke their crimes without putting too much of a button on it. For such a straightforward story, it's a surprising conversation piece. Extra points for the most absurd foot chase climax I've seen in a long while. And it's not the only thing I was seeing for the first time in this flick. Here's hoping Fargeat has more genre benders up her sleeve.
Nice pictures. Bad script.
To you who calls the film is unrealistic. There is something called poetry and imagery in the art of moviemaking.
Everything should not be interpreted as it is seen, but where we have to use our brain to understand the meaning and the deeper layer of the story.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!